Harnessing the Power of Fly Larvae
Noël Obognon has been selected as part of UNICEF Innovation30: Young Innovators Shaping the Future.
Countries of Solution Deployment: Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger
Innovation Accelerator: World Economic Forum UpLink, Switzerland
Noël Obognon, now 32, is the CEO and driving force behind Agro-Eco Services, a solution changing the agricultural landscape of the Sahel.
Hundreds of millions of children worldwide are exposed to harmful pesticides, leading to long-lasting health consequences. Agro-Eco Services specializes in producing organic fertilisers tailored to improve water retention and facilitate land restoration. The company has ingeniously incorporated the use of Black Soldier Fly larvae, famous for rapidly decomposing organic waste, to cut down fertiliser production time from three months to a mere 12 days. This breakthrough is particularly vital for the Sahelian landscape, where arid climates and scarce rainfall have led to significant soil degradation.
Noël’s fertilisers rejuvenate and loosen the soil and combat soil diseases. By integrating biochar, an ecological charcoal powder, the company contributes to carbon sequestration, reduces methane emissions, and enhances the soil’s microflora and microfauna, leading to a healthier ecosystem.
For Noël, scaling up is the only path toward positive environmental impact. Since its establishment in 2019, Agro-Eco Services has flourished, expanding its reach to over 5,000 clients across Benin, Chad, and Côte d'Ivoire. The company also stands out for its commitment to education and training, particularly in regions prone to agricultural challenges.
Noël remains firm in his devotion to saving lives. “If there's no agricultural production, it means there's famine. It means that neither adults nor children can survive. This solution is about ensuring food security for the coming years.”